Future of Work


‌The world of work is in flux as a result of digitalisation, the development of the digital economy and broad technological change. These processes, coupled with globalisation, population ageing and changes in work organisation, will shape the world of work and raise challenges to public policy in unknown ways.

OECD analyses have begun to understand the relationship between digitalisation, jobs and skills, the magnitude of potential job substitution due to technological change, the relationship between globalisation and wage polarisation, as well as the changes to the organisation of work. With a focus on policy, the OECD is looking at the challenges these trends place on labour market, skills and social policy.


‌The Policy Forum and the Ministerial Meeting held in January 2016 gave the OECD a clear mandate to pursue analytical work on the Future of Work. The OECD will continue its work in understanding how technological change, globalisation, demographic and environmental  change will shape the world of work. The OECD will explore the challenges to labour market and social policy, offering policy guidance and advice. This work feeds into other OECD initiatives on the skills, the jobs strategy, the digital economy and trade in value added, for example;

Key publications

Relevant policy areas

Data on the future of work

Note: Data for Belgium correspond to Flanders. Data for the United Kingdom correspond to England and Northern Ireland.


Data available for analyses on the future of work:



For more information, please contact: Stijn.Broecke@oecd.org

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